Summer Study Abroad - European Art History: London & Berlin

Study abroad this summer with European Art History - London & Berlin where through a series of lectures, visits and discussion groups, you will gain an understanding of the history of art and design as it has developed in Europe since the Renaissance.

Your learning will be enhanced by a four day trip to Berlin where you will guided through the art and culture of one of Europe's most dynamic cities.


This European Art History summer study course offers a varied and stimulating introduction to art, history and culture of London and Berlin.

Through focusing on specific themes and artefacts, ranging from architecture to photography and from the Sublime to Surrealism, it will equip you with the knowledge and enthusiasm for study and practice in a European context. 

The course interweaves lectures with seminar discussions and gallery visits to create a dynamic and engaging learning experience. It offers an excellent opportunity to study abroad alongside students from a wide variety of backgrounds and artistic disciplines.

Berlin trip

A 4-day tutor-led study trip to Berlin takes place in week 2 of the course. 

Flights, shared accommodation in a centrally located hotel, breakfast, Berlin travel passes and all entrance fees are included in the course fee.  

Why Berlin?

Berlin combines a wealth of historic museum collections with a rapidly expanding, yet still young and exciting art scene. The city has been the creative centre of Germany for at least 100 years, a status only intensified by its geographic isolation during the Cold War.

Significant chapters in the history of Dada and the Bauhaus were played out here. German Expressionist cinema developed in the early decades of the 20th Century.

The recent renovation of the Reichstag (parliament) building and the opening of Daniel Libeskind's extraordinary Jewish Museum demonstrate how the city is uniquely alive to its history - darker periods included - and a home to innovative design.

Berlin is the crossroads of modern European history from Napoleon to Hitler to the Cold War; this history is legible in its' architecture.


Tutor information

Dr Andrew Chesher

Andrew Chesher lectures in Art Theory at Chelsea College of Arts. He is currently the first year theory co-ordinator on the Undergraduate Fine Art course. 

The subjects he lectures on range from photography and film theory to philosophy and social theory.

Chesher's PhD on documentary and dialogue, which he completed in 2007, was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He holds a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College of Art, London, and an MA in the Theory and History of Modern Art from Chelsea, UAL.

Course handbook

Entry requirements

Who should attend?

Summer Study Abroad programmes offer the opportunity to build on your knowledge of an existing subject, or to study something new. This course is based on a selected project from the year one undergraduate curriculum, and is delivered by a specialist course team. The course is suitable for those with some prior experience of fine art or art history.

Summer Study Abroad programmes are ideal for current undergraduates wishing to continue their studies into the summer, or those who want a different study abroad experience – it’s a great way to get a taste of study at Chelsea, and life in London.

Entry requirements

Summer Study Abroad programmes are open to students of all levels. Applications are made by online application form.

Details for booking

03/07/2017 - 21/07/2017Monday - Friday10.00 - 16.003 Weeks£1995Atterbury Street - SW1P

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European Art History students during a summer abroad course, in London and Berlin
Image courtesy of UAL

This was the best art history course I have taken within my 3 years at university. We went to a museum almost daily and saw what we had talked about in class that morning. Whenever I tell people about my Study Abroad experience, the first thing I talk about is this amazing course.

Matthew Quinlan, University of Hartford, Autumn 2015